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Microsoft outlines packaging and licensing for Windows Server 2008

Posted on 13-Nov-2007 10:30 | Filed under: News

Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of Infrastructure Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp., updated an audience of more than 5,000 IT professionals on the development of Windows Server 2008 and a new virtualisation offering.

The announcement happened att Microsoft TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.

Microsoft is near the final stages of Windows Server 2008 development and working towards the 27 February 2008 worldwide launch event.

Kelly announced detailed packaging, pricing and licensing information for Windows Server 2008 during his keynote. This includes Microsoft�s server virtualization technology, Hyper-V, previously code-named �Viridian.� Kelly also announced the stand-alone virtualization server named Microsoft Hyper-V Server. Finally, Kelly outlined a complementary program, called the Server Virtualization Validation Program that allows virtual machine vendors to validate their solutions with Windows Server operating systems.

�Windows Server 2008 redefines what a server operating system delivers to customers,� Kelly said. �With more than 1 million downloads and evaluation copies, we�ve built Windows Server 2008 based on a solid foundation of customer feedback, which is reflected in the product�s ease of management, security enhancements and overall reliability. The unprecedented range of customer choices and the virtualization enhancements will help customers tailor solutions built to fit virtually any business need.�

Windows Server 2008 will be available in eight versions, three of which include Hyper-V.

� Windows Server 2008 Standard. This version has built-in, enhanced Web and virtualization capabilities, and tools that give customers greater control over their servers and streamline configuration and management tasks, and enhanced security features. With Windows Server 2008 Standard edition, customers get one virtual instance per license.

� Windows Server 2008 Enterprise. Windows Server 2008 Enterprise has the same features as Windows Server 2008 Standard, but with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise edition, customers get four virtual instances per license.

� Windows Server 2008 Datacenter. Windows Server 2008 Datacenter delivers an enterprise-class platform for deploying business-critical applications. It helps customers improve availability and security features, and reduce infrastructure costs, by consolidating applications with virtualization licensing rights. With Windows Server 2008 Datacenter edition, customers receive unlimited virtual instances per license.

Two versions offered without Hyper-V are targeted at specific workloads:

� Windows Web Server 2008. Designed to be used as a single-purpose Web server, Windows Web Server 2008 delivers a foundation of Web infrastructure capabilities.

� Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems. Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems is optimised for large databases, and line-of-business and custom applications, providing high availability and scalability up to 64 processors to meet the needs of demanding and mission-critical solutions.

Microsoft will also offer a range of versions of Windows Server 2008 without Hyper-V:

� Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V

� Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V

� Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V

All these will be available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions, with the exception of Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems, which will only be available as a 64-bit version. Other changes include the availability of Windows Web Server 2008, a 64-bit edition of Web server. The Hyper-V feature will only be available with 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server, a hypervisor-based server virtualization product, complements the Hyper-V technology within Windows Server 2008, allowing customers to consolidate workloads onto a single physical server. In addition, Microsoft Hyper-V Server will increase original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners� ability to offer customers simplified, reliable and cost-effective virtualization solutions that can easily plug in to their existing infrastructure.

In response to industry and customer demands for more comprehensive technical support of virtual machines, Kelly also announced the Server Virtualization Validation Program. Beginning in June 2008, vendors will be able to self-test and validate certain technical requirements of their server virtualization software running Windows Server 2008 and prior versions. The program will enable Microsoft to offer cooperative technical support to customers running Windows Server on validated, non-Windows server virtualization software.